Following the mega success of Basketball Wives, VH1 is now planning to expand the series with a new spinoff!
The network announced this week that Basketball Wives L.A. will debut in August! The new series is descried as “explosive” and will follow the lives of the wives and girlfriends of players on both the Lakers and their cross-town rivals, the Clippers.
The Basketball Wives LA cast includes: Kimsha Artest (wife of Ron Artest, Los Angeles Lakers), Gloria Govan (fiancée of Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Lakers), Laura Govan(sister of Gloria Govan and former fiance of NBA player Gilbert Arenas whom she has three kids by), Jackie Christie (wife of Doug Christie, former player for the Los Angeles Clippers) and Imani Showalter (fiancée of Stephen Jackson, Charlotte Bobcats) as well as others.
Shaunie O’Nealwill also serve as the executive producer of this 10 episode, hour-long series. The press release promises “cameras will follow these women as they attempt to juggle their relationships, infidelity issues, children and friendships while trying to find the perfect balance between supporting their families and realizing their own career ambitions.”
“Basketball Wives LA” is coming to VH1 Monday, August 29 at 8 PM ET/PT.
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The drama took place on Friday, June 10 when Mario decided to confront Jill at a party in the Hamptons about the comments she had been making about his wife Ramona. Jill claims Mario shoved her during the confrontation, citing her assistant/rep Darren Bettencourt witnessed the incident.
“He definitely scared me,” said Jill to E!. “He was belligerently screaming at me in front of friends. I was shocked. He shoved me. Darren [her assistant/rep] was my witness and he had to get in the middle and tell him to get off of me.” In addition to Darren, the only other person who would attest to Jill’s version is a man named Trevor Cork, who is coincidentally a close friend of Darren’s.
Following the first report last week, Ramona came out stating camp Jill was exaggerating the events that happened while also accusing Jill of leaking negative stories to the press about her. “So not true,” said Ramona last week. “Did they talk? Yes. Then she, Jill, walked away.” Ramona also added, “Jill has her reps make up exaggerated stories about me as this is the only way she can get press.”
And following Jill’s statements last night,Alex McCord also expressed her skepticism. “I wouldn’t put much stock in what you are reading in the gossip column,” she said. “Sometimes the things that get leaked out are truthful and sometimes the things that get leaked out are not and sometimes they are malicious. Sometimes that fight is on our show and sometimes that fight is in the press.”
So a man allegedly shoved Jill in front of others and instead of calling the cops or filing a report, she calls up E! News? And no one else around called the cops? If this allegation by Jill is made up, then it must mark a new low for her as it’s a pretty serious allegation. And if it is true, she should have pressed charges as violence against anyone is never okay. Another reason why this story seems a bit hard to believe is because the original story leaked to the press made zero mention of any physical attack. As for Ramona, she has yet to respond to Jill’s latest allegations.
Meanwhile this latest drama is right on schedule as the RHONY reunion is scheduled to film tomorrow.
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UPDATE – Jill’s rep Darren is denying he leaked the original story to E!, citing he was contacted by E! to comment on the story.
The drama began when former housewife Lynne told Tamra Barney that she felt stabbed in the back by Gretchen. The reason? Not only did Gretchen apparently steal her idea to start a handbag line, but Gretchen also recruited the help of the people introduced to her by Lynne months earlier after Lynne asked her to tag along to a business meeting. Lynne also revealed she was upset with Gretchen for starting the bag line without informing her, before going on to accuse Gretchen of just slapping her name on her handbag line.
Upon hearing Lynne’s comments from others, Gretchen decided to confront Lynne, who refused to back down. “I don’t know what’s your business. What’s the business of the week? Is it cosmetology? Is it real estate or is it make up? What is it?” asked Lynne when Gretchen demanded to know why she was talking smack about her business. “She’s ripping me off,” added Lynne in her camera interview. Gretchen’s response was that she didn’t need Lynne’s permission to begin her line, adding that Lynne also hawks a lot of different products. A look at Lynne’s website Lynnecurtin.com does show she now sells bedding in addition to her jewelry line.
And this morning, Tamra chimed in… of course, giving more details on handbag-gate. Below is what Tamra posted on her facebook page -
“The reason Lynne was so mad is because the “2 guys” found out lynne was making handbags and tried to get her to slap her name on their bags. She said NO she wanted to design her own bags. so they went to Gretchen after meeting her with Lynne at an event . She felt betrayed !”
As for Gretchen, she isn’t directly responding to Lynne’s comments, simply tweeting yesterday, “Bottom line: I don’t have the time or energy for negativity or negative people in my life! Too many positive things to do!” A video clip is below for those who missed the bitchfest episode.
The lost footage show also gave us a lot of new footage such as Alexis Bellinovisiting a marriage counselor and admitting her and Jim visit the counselor several times a week. We got to meet Darren Vieth aka Tamra’s ex and father of her son Ryan Vieth, as the two prepared for Ryan to get surgery for Gynecomastia aka breast development in men — a side effect of steroids usage. Ryan admitted he had taken steroids in the past. Also on the reunion show lost footage, Vicki Gunvalson revealed estranged husband Donn used to threaten her with divorce quite often during their marriage.
Speaking of Vicki, she has now deleted her facebook page in addition to making her twitter page private following the recent backlash and negative publicity concerning her boyfriend Brooks Ayers. It came out last week that Brooks was arrested twice for failure to pay child support and once for a DUI.
Meanwhile following last week’s reunion, Slade Smiley spoke with E! Online about Tamra’s comments and her contact with his ex-girlfriend/mother of his son Michelle Arroyo. “I am still very confused as to why Tamra thinks any of this is her business, and we find it very creepy she would reach out and have a conversation with someone she has never met,” said Slade. He continues, “I believe Tamra is delusional and willing to do anything and everything to stay in front of the camera and stay on TV no matter whether it hurts her kids or the people around her.”
Tamra fired back in her own E! Online interview. Speaking on her new friendship(??) with Michelle, Tamra claims, “We became friends through a mutual friend. I feel extremely sorry for her and my heart breaks for her and Grayson. Michelle is a very strong woman and went out of her way to contact me today to tell me that she was proud of me for standing up for her and Grayson and to keep my head up.” Tamra also has choice words for Slade, but manages to get in a dig to Gretchen as well. “While [Slade has] accused me of many false and bold lies throughout the entire season, I am not crying to the press about them. Why? Simply because his allegations are false. The bottom line is that I don’t care what Slade has to say about me. Like Gretchen, he thrives on lies and manipulation,” she says.
This interview was done just days before the details about Vicki’s boyfriend came out. Tamra has still yet to comment on that.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LOST FOOTAGE EPISODE? DOES LYNNE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE MAD AT GRETCHEN? DID GRETCHEN BACK STAB HER? PLUS THOUGHTS ON SLADE VS TAMRA?
The episode starts out with Royce meeting Ashley and Suzie for breakfast to fill Ashley in on the ‘altercation’ she got into with Evelyn because Royce isn’t ghetto but she is hood. Suzie is suddenly seeing things from Evelyn and Jen’s perspective and encourages Royce to stop causing drama because she wants everyone to hold hands and skip through rainbows and just be friends! My have the tables turned from last season… Royce reveals exactly why she is sick of Evelyn – and it has to do with, ahem, how Evelyn being a ho… allegedly of course.
Evelyn and Jen have a relaxing spa day where using their ‘we’re so classy’ hush-hush voices they talk about how ho-ish Royce is and complain about her tweeting Eric. The conversation rapidly escalates into why Royce has a different boyfriend every other month. Wait – so dating is wrong according to these two? Evelyn decides Royce can’t call her a ho because she is one too – so, HA!
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The RHOBH won an award in the Best Reality Series category in a tie with A and E’s “Hoarders.” The Beverly Hills housewives were nominated in that category alongside Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Hoarders, Sister Wives, and Undercover Boss. Photos of the housewives below!
“Mazel to The Real Housewives of Bev Hills – the TV Critic’s Assn “Best Reality Show” winner!!” tweeted Andy Cohen yesterday.
In other BH news, Taylor hosted a pool birthday party over the weekend at the Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Taylor, who turned 40, celebrated her birthday by showing off her skin & bones bod in a bikini! Photos from that below as well!
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“We kicked the night off with dinner at the delicious Sugar Factory restaurant and then moved on to Chateau Nightclub. It was a blast! They brought out the most amazing cake for me at Chateau, it was all gold! So fab!,” blogged Khloe. More photos from the birthday event below!
In other Kardashian news, it appears Kimmy is planning to slim down in preparation for her big day aka her upcoming wedding.
Yesterday, Kim revealed via her twitter page that she plans on using the Quicktrim diet supplement, which she is a spokesperson for, to lose a few pounds before saying ‘I do.’ After one of her fans tweeted to her that they were “on [their] way to GNC to buy some QuickTrim,” Kim, 30, responded: “Take some for me! I’m about to start again! #Wedding slimdown.”
Odd as Kim has stated in the past that she is proud of her curves, plus judging from her recent photos it doesn’t appear she needs to lose any weight.
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In the newly released one and a half minute trailer, Rachel Zoecan be seen going bananas as she tries to juggle her pregnancy, marriage, and very demanding job as a stylist to the A-listers.
With the departure of her right hand man Brad Goreski, Rachel appears to have found his replacement in a new dramatic assistant. The video also shows Rachel styling Kim Kardashian in a scene that is buttnanas, while she is also forced to deal with the reported drama with her former assistant Brad. The video trailer is below!
The show returns to Bravo on Aug 2 at 10/9c.
And above is a new photo of a very stylish 3-month-old baby Skyler with mommy and daddy taken last Thursday during a Babies R Us event in West Hollywood. You can click on the image to make it bigger.
On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey it was all about Family Feuds (which sadly did not include the game show). Teresa behaves appropriately, Kathy just wants to be liked, The Caroline discovered a new medium for interfering in people’s lives, and Jacqueline helped broker the Gorga Peace Treaty.
The episode started out with The Caroline preparing for her big radio debut by using her friend Dolores to act as a Teresa-imposter so she can “practice” administering advice for “Caroline Rules” her new show on New Jersey 101.5. For some reason The Caroline is nervous about being her bossy self in public, despite spending a couple seasons on a reality show doing just that! Caroline brings up Teresa’s bankruptcy judgment and pending auction – describing that her friend has a lot on her plate and things are out of control in her life.
In the Gorga household, Alexis 2.0 Jersey Jesus Midge (Barbie’s brunette friend!) is thanking Jesus that peace is being made today between Teresa and Non-Juicy Joe, as she helps her husband untuck his shirt just so to avoid looking messy. Meanwhile in Foreclosed Marble Mansion-Land (aka the Giudice residence) Teresa is also getting ready and announces that Joe needs to do something about Melissa because she is leading their family down a crooked road with all of her poison! Ummm… I thought poison was something used to make babies according to Joe Gorga? Teresa declares: “A wife makes it or a wife breaks it” and therefore it is Joe’s responsibility to put Melissa in check! Is it also Jr Mafia’s responsibility to put Teresa in check – because frankly I don’t think that’s possible (see: Bankruptcy spending.) After adjusting his cross and refolding his letter from Teresa, Joe is off to demand an apology from his sister, the villainess.
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